A pastor has met his untimely death in a gruesome manner while he was on his way to church.
A truck crushed a pastor, Ojo Mattew, and a commercial okada rider to death on Oyero Road, Ijoko, on Sunday, November 29, in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun state.
According to The Punch, the pastor was on a motorcycle heading for church before the truck carrying cement and asbestos pushed them to the way of an oncoming Toyota Camry car, carrying five members of a family, who were also going to church.
The motorcycle rider was identified as Ayo Nugbohoyon.
The driver of the car, identified as Samuel, and his family members – wife and three children – reportedly were injured and were rushed to a nearby hospital. The car fell into the drainage channel by the roadside. The truck with plate number Lagos EPE712XH, was on its way from Ogba Ayo to Oyero before its tyres slipped off, running into the motorcycle.
The corpses of the dead pastor and okada man were taken to Ifo General Hospital Mortuary, as policemen from the Agbado division and some residents of the community were seen making efforts to clear the road. Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps later joined them in the operation.
An okada rider and friend of Nugbohoyon, Israel Oyewo, said he (the deceased) had wanted to travel to Benin Republic to meet his wife who gave birth on Friday.
He said: “It is very painful. His wife had a baby two days ago and he had planned to travel later today (Sunday) before the incident happened. The passenger he carried, a pastor, also died. He was taking the pastor to a church.”